Starting guiding question: How computers work? (Howstuffworks.com)
How to select the parts for your Frankenstein PC - from Tom's Hardware (excellent resources IMO):
- System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: Value Compared September 9, 2010 2:00 AM
Three systems represent our builders' best performance and value hopes for budget, mainstream, and high-end users.
- System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $400 Gaming PC The third and final build in this quarter's
System... September 8, 2010 2:00 AM
- System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $1000 Enthusiast PC In this quarter's System Builder
Marathon, we balance out... September 7, 2010 2:00 AM
- System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $2000 Performance PC We bolstered our latest high-end
build with a six-core... September6, 2010 2:00 AM
- Power supply recommendations: http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs
(My summary: go for SeaSonic, Corsair, Enermax, Silverstone, Antec)
How to build a PC? (there are many books, magazines, web sites and YouTube videos about this, so get Googling and get some magazines!)
And for the Singapore "Hardware Scene":
pricelist (you may have to become a member -it's free-) their shootouts, and their product guides (AKA reviews).
Tip: Never go cheap on motherboards or power supplies (PSUs), or you may regret it...
Good luck and happy building.